Title: The archive of the digital an-archive
Authors: Laermans, Rudi ×
Gielen, Pascal #
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: University Catholique of Leuven
Series Title: Image and Narrative issue:17 pages:3-14
Abstract: The article starts from the notion of ‘the digital an-archive’, coined by Wolfgang Ernst, and then briefly frames the ongoing debates among archivists and other archive specialists to get some grip on the oxymoron-like nature of the digital archive. In the second part, we turn to the work of Michel Foucault, who first tried to re-articulate the notion of the archive into a more general epistemological category and then, in his later work, re-defined it as a primarily sociological reality marked by power differences. We will argue that Foucault’s epistemological re-interpretation of the archive-notion in terms of ‘the system of “utterability”’, or ‘the law of what can be said’, offers the possibility to conceptualise the deep structure of every database or computer system as ‘the archive of the digital archive’. In the last section, we take up again the notion of ‘the digital an-archive’ and briefly highlight its specific performative nature.
ISSN: 1780-678X
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Sociological Research
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